New York, NY - At 6pm tonight, the USMNT will have the opportunity to advance to the next round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup when they face Portugal and their best player, Cristiano Ronaldo.
With the action taking place at the Arena Amazônia, the USMNT enters the match against Portugal with a momentum. The last time they faced each other in the World Cup was in 2002 when the USMNT pulled off the surprising upset and defeated Portugal 3-2.
For Portugal, they need to win today. In their World Cup opening match, they suffered a 4-0 humiliating loss to Germany. A loss to the USMNT will eliminate Portugal to from the World Cup.
Update: In the final seconds of stoppage time, Portugal’s Silvestre Varela header leveled the match 2-2. To see the game-tying header, click here.
On a positive note, the USMNT are in second place of Group G. In order for the USMNT to advance, they have to defeat or draw German. Should they lose, then they need to pray and hope that Ghana and Portugal play to a draw or as reported by U.S. Soccer, ” have a superior goal differential over the winner between Ghana and Portugal.”
In the first match of Sunday’s action of the World Cup, Belgium defeated Russia 1-0. Divock Origi scored the game-winner in the 88th minute. To see his strike, click here.
In the second match of the day, Algeria defeated Korea Republic 4-2.
MLS Newsstand – June 22, 2014
1. Sunday is another watershed moment for U.S. Soccer (USA Today)
2. For U.S., Opportunity Is There for the Taking (Wall Street Journal)
3. US can clinch advancement with win over Portugal (Associated Press)
4. Americans can advance with victory over Ronaldo’s crew (New York Post)
5. U.S. faces ‘massive game’ against Portugal in World Cup (Los Angeles Times)
6. U.S. confident heading into huge match vs. Portugal (Toronto Sun)
7. U.S. soccer team gears up for showdown with Portugal (Seattle Times)
8. Portugal, U.S. prepare for rain forest heat, humidity (Los Angeles Times)
9. USMNT ready for World Cup match with Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal (NY Daily News)
10. How does the United States stop Cristiano Ronaldo? (USA Today)
11. History may favor the Americans (New York Post)
12. Dempsey and Ronaldo Are Set for U.S.-Portugal Matchup Despite Injuries (New York Times)